Sabine Parrish

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DPhil Student

St Peter's College

Thesis: Aspiration, Passion, and Caffeine: An Ethnography of Specialty Coffee in São Paulo, Brazil

Doctoral Research: My research explores the social practices around specialty coffee drinking in Brazil, a hybrid coffee producer-consumer nation. Brazil produces more coffee than any other country and has recently surpassed the United States as the world’s number one consumer of coffee. However, as it is illegal to import green (raw, unroasted coffee) into the country Brazilians consume almost exclusively Brazilian-grown coffee.

Through fieldwork with specialty coffee enthusiasts and professionals in the city of São Paulo and on coffee farms across Brazil, I am considering the ways in which narratives and experiences of specialty coffee consumption—which in contexts where coffee is not produced have historically drawn much of their meaning from coffee’s travel from its agricultural origin and subsequent exoticism—change when a global commodity is traded and consumed at a local level.

Research interests: I am a researcher in the School’s Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity. I have worked on a series of projects covering spatialities of children's physical activity, changes in eating habits during England's Covid-19 lockdowns, and interventions for gestational diabetes.

....but wait, there's more!: I am president of the Oxford University Anthropological Society (OUAS) and convenor of our postgraduate food anthropology writing group. If you have questions about either group, please get in touch!

Publications:

Parrish, S. (Forthcoming 2021). (Not) feeding the bereaved in the time of coronavirus. Food & Foodways, 29(3).

Parrish, S. (2020). Review: Tasting Qualities: The Past and Future of Tea by Sarah Besky (University of California Press, 2020). Allegra Laboratory. 

Parrish, S. (2020). Competitive coffee making and the crafting of the ideal barista. Gastronomica, 20(2), 79-90.

Policy papers:

Potter, C., Parrish, S., Eli, K., Lavis, A., Nowicka, P. & S. Ulijaszek. (2020). Age, economic insecurity, and mental health in England across Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. UBVO Insight Report, no. 2.

Potter, C., Parrish, S., Eli, K., Lavis, A., Nowicka, P. & S. Ulijaszek. (2020). Changes in mental health and physical activity in England across Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. UBVO Insight Report, no. 1.

Lavis, A., Potter, C., Eli, K., Parrish, S., Nowicka, P. & S. Ulijaszek. (2020). Multilevel approach to childhood overweight and obesity. Evidence brief submitted for Defra National Food Strategy. 

Websitewww.sabine.coffee
Email: sabine.parrish@anthro.ox.ac.uk

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